(August 27, 2013)
As I read these chapters, my mind was dwelling on the underlying message (as I felt it, today). When we pursue things that are not in accordance with God's will, what we are in effect saying is that we do not believe that God is powerful enough to meet our needs when we are obedient -- we must meet them ourselves. When we demand...anything...from our neighbors, what we are saying is that we don't think God is powerful enough to meet our needs, and as such we need our needs met by other people.
How wonderful would it be to emotionally and spiritually bring our lives in congruence with the intellectual knowledge that we have that God is that powerful and is capable of meeting all of our needs. If we could only become so converted that we looked to our Father for these things and relied on Him (and trusted Him), we would have the patience we need and would free ourselves to care for those suffering around us.